Life On The Peak

“One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened.”    ~ Zen Master Futomaki

Pinnacle Rock 2014

Pinnacle Rock is about the closest to heaven as I’ve come. The hike itself is not difficult, and the tranquility on top is a reward in itself. The beauty of mountains and sky takes your breath away. The air is pure and the wind crisp. This is one of those places which remind you there are too many shades of green and blue to name. You can hear owls call from other mountain tops while watching birds fly both overhead and rustle in the nearby underbrush. The perfumes of the trees range from fruity to floral to spicy to woodsy depending on what gets carried by the breeze. This is a place to question life, to contemplate, to meditate, to pray, to feel connected to something more and to be thankful to be a part of it all.

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“The aim of the mountaineer, if he wishes to be an artist in the full sense of word, is neither escape nor “the search for the absolute” as some have claimed, but rather seek that place where “the mystic remains silent and the poets start to speak towards men.” ~Bernard Amy

Wylie, our trail dog, is enjoying her little slice of heaven.

Wylie, our trail dog, is enjoying her little slice of heaven.

"In a sense everything that is exists to climb. All evolution is a climbing towards a higher form. Climbing for life as it reaches towards the consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be the homes of gods. In the mountains there is the promise of... something unexplainable. A higher place of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb... and in climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery."    ~ Rob Parker

“In a sense everything that is exists to climb. All evolution is a climbing towards a higher form. Climbing for life as it reaches towards the consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be the homes of gods. In the mountains there is the promise of… something unexplainable. A higher place of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb… and in climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery.” ~ Rob Parker

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” ~Edward Abbey

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” ~Edward Abbey

19 thoughts on “Life On The Peak

  1. “The perfumes of the trees range from fruity to floral to spicy to woodsy depending on what gets carried by the breeze.”

    Suzi, I love the way you described that! And I can see why you feel Pinnacle Rock is the closest thing to heaven because it’s breathtaking. Gorgeous photographs!

    Beautiful quote by Bernard Amy.

    Have a great day, my friend…x

  2. The State of Virginia ought to PAY you to use these posts in their tourist marketing materials, Suzi! You really make me want to visit, especially since Illinois isn’t exactly known for mountains, ha! I love the quote by Rob Parker and the photo of Wylie chillin’ and posing pretty!

    • Wylie always puts herself in front. She loves to lead the way and keeps coming back to check on us though she doesn’t get out of sight. By the time the hike is finished she usually logs in twice as many miles as we do!

  3. I always prefer a climb to an overlook over a trail winding along a creek- although if it leads to the top of a waterfall we have accomplished both. Something about the panoramic views really strikes me. Unfortunately, then it is necessary to go back down which is often harder.

  4. “This is one of those places which remind you there are too many shades of green and blue to name.” I love your descriptions. Also this: “You can hear owls call from other mountain tops …” I feel as though I’m there. We went on a hike last Saturday, but we didn’t take the trail that led to the lookout point. There are some beautiful hikes out here in the Pacific Northwest.

    • The Pacific Northwest is somewhere we dream of exploring. We’ve been to Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, but dream of Washington, Oregon, and Montana…oh, someday! The beauty of nature all over the world is exquisite.

  5. I think there’s a reason why some things are called a *mountain-top* experiences. I’ve not spent much time atop a mountain, but think the same sensation could be had looking at many places of great, natural beauty. But these shots are definitely stunning!

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